This little video is great. I found it at Getting Things Done in Academia. It is also posted at More than a Permanent Student. It helps put life in perspective in a science-y way, but I like that. Yes, I am a closet scientist. Some days, I really think that I missed my calling. I asked for a microscope from Santa when I was in the fourth grade. Shhh…don’t share that with anyone. I am a little embarressed. I also read by Dad’s Astronomy Magazines with ferver. And, Astronomy is pretty intense reading. I remember reading them in elementary school as young as the fourth grade. I do not know how much I comprehended but I read them. I also used to love his nights with the stars — looking thru the telescope as he pointed out this planet, and that constellation. Now that I am reviewing the “science in my life,” I remember getting an ‘A’ in College Biology and a ‘B’ in the second level. This is pretty rare for non-science majors at UGA. I just like that kind of stuff. I know, it is super weird. I probably shouldn’t reveal it but. It is MY blog after all. So, I admit it: I like science. There it’s said and it’s done.
So, per the video:
Happy New Year from one dweller on the Pale Blue Dot to another!
… Look again at that dot. That’s here. That’s… (more)Added: April 29, 2007… Look again at that dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every “superstar,” every “supreme leader,” every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there – on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.
The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors, so that, in glory and triumph, they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of this pixel on the scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner, how frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds. Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the Universe, are challenged by this point of pale light.Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity, in all this vastness, there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves.The Earth is the only world known so far to harbor life. There is nowhere else, at least in the near future, to which our species could migrate. Visit, yes. Settle, not yet. Like it or not, for the moment the Earth is where we make our stand.
It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character building experience. There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we’ve ever known. (less)Added: April 29, 2007